NANS decries Egyptian police maltreatment of Nigerian students







By Adesina Wahab

…Demands FG’s immediate intervention

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has frowned at the unlawful raids on Nigerian students and their subsequent detention by the police in Egypt, a North African country.

In a statement by the National President, Comrade Lucky Emonefe, the student body also called for the immediate intervention of the federal government in the matter, adding that all government agencies saddled with the protection of the rights of Nigerians in the Diaspora should wake up to their responsibilities.

“The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) condemns in its entirety the unlawful raids on Nigerian students in Egypt and demands the immediate release of all Nigerian students who have been unjustly detained by the Egyptian police.

“The students who are currently subjected to various forms of harassment and incarceration by the police were alleged to have expired residence permits despite providing evidence of their application for renewal and their ongoing process with the relevant authorities. This act by the Egyptian police is not only a violation of the rights of Nigerian students but also a disregard for diplomatic protocols and international norms.

“We call on the Nigerian government to intervene and ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens studying in Egypt.

“It is disheartening to see Nigerian students, who have traveled to Egypt for educational purposes, being subjected to such mistreatment. Education should be a platform for fostering international cooperation and understanding, not a reason for discrimination and harassment.

“We urge the Egyptian government to thoroughly investigate this incident and hold those responsible for the unlawful raids accountable. We also call on the Nigerian government to engage in diplomatic dialogue with Egypt to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.

“The National Association of Nigerian Students stands in solidarity with the affected students and will continue to advocate for their rights and welfare. We will work tirelessly to ensure that Nigerian students studying abroad are protected and treated with dignity.

“We call on all relevant international organizations, human rights groups, and the international community to join us in condemning this act and demand justice for the affected Nigerian students. Together, we can create a world where every student can pursue their education without fear of discrimination or harassment.”

The Nigerian Students’ Union in Arab Republic of Egypt, led by Comrade AbdulRofiu Saheed, had written Emonefe, seeking the intervention of NANS in the matter.

The group said a number of Nigerian students in Egypt had died in police custody and many were being threatened with deportation.



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